“I admit that one day I would very much like to be with Ferrari. It's the best team in the history of formula one, and it is clear that those who go with them, are part of history,” Alonso was quoted as telling Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Spaniard was permanently linked with a move to the Italian team since the mid-season, especially after Kimi Raikkonen's form hit rock bottom following the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was then rumored that Alonso's sponsors were to buy Kimi's contract throughout 2009, therefore giving their protege a racing seat alongside Felipe Massa (whose deal with Ferrari expires in 2010).
The good relationship between Alonso's manager Flavio Briatore and Ferrari was also confirmed during last week's Chinese Grand Prix, as the Italian admitted he wanted the Scuderia to win it all this season (drivers' and constructors'). And, with Briatore most likely to step down as Renault Managing Director after the 2009 season, he's more than likely going to 'influence' his driver towards Ferrari.
One thing is sure, though. Alonso is considering all offers within the paddock except for one. And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out who that is. “It was the same team that had problems with Senna, Prost, Raikkonen and Montoya. Perhaps the problem is with the team rather than with the driver”, admitted Alonso to German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung.